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Spaghetti squash boats

Pasta putting on the pounds? Try swapping out high-calorie pasta with nutritious spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash boats are packed with flavor and (don’t tell the kids) good for you, too.


  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Rinse squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Place the squash in a microwave-safe dish and add about an inch of water to the bottom of the dish.
  3. Microwave on high for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until you can pull away strings with a fork.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  5. Pull the squash strands free from the shell with a fork and save the shell.
  6. In a bowl, mix the squash with olive oil and seasonings. Place the mixture back in the shells.
  7. Top each squash half with 1 cup of sauce, then ½ cup of cheese. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Serves 4.

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A prepared serving of spaghetti squash boat.
Spaghetti squash boats are a light, kid-friendly pasta alternative.

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